Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of July 4

Just a note to let you know that I recently posted lists of the Best Cash Back Credit Cards and the Best Credit Card Deals and Bonuses. Check them out if interested.Now here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Festival of Frugality Carnival of Personal Finance BripBlap sells on ebay. […]

Credit Card Survey Shows The Positive Side Of Plastic

A while back, Mr Credit Card invited me to provide some responses to a survey he was conducting about the credit card habits of financial bloggers. I gave him my replies and he has since published the results in his article entitled “Personal Finance Bloggers Credit Card Survey“. […]

Can You Survive a Double Dip Recession?

Link: ShareThisWorried about whether your business can survive another recession? You’re not the only one losing sleep. […]

Where to Save and Where to Spend

Link: ShareThisThere's thrifty, and then there's cheap. Which one are you? When profits diminish by a little bit, you get concerned. When the economy rumbles and your entire market segment stops buying, you panic. […]

What is Value? It’s Often a Lie.

“Buy now! A $2,000 value, only $79.95! This week only!” What is value, really? When a product is on sale, why do we say that product is worth more than we pay? It’s psychological. We’re getting a deal. We presume the company is taking a loss in order to bring us a special offer, figuring that the company’s real goal is to get us to buy more. […]

Dinner With My Family #23: Zucchini-Quinoa Lasagna

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. One of my favorite food blogs out there is Peas and Thank You, which focuses on healthy cooking with children in mind. […]

Organic? Vegan? Vegetarian? What Does It Cost?

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. […]

Citi Forward Card for College Students Review

There once was a time where credit card issuers would line up at the campus breezeways, enticing thousands of students to apply for cards by offering gifts to attract their view of the stereotypical college student. […]

Your Take: The Gates and Buffetts’ Inheritances

I’ve read a lot about Bill Gates and Warren Buffett over the years and a factoid that surprised me as a younger man, but less so now, was that each planned on passing on “little” of their wealth to their children. Little is all relative, since both are worth many billions, but the idea that you wouldn’t pass on everything boggled my mind. […]

Ask the Readers: But HOW Do You Track Every Penny You Spend?

It’s tough to dig out of debt (or make other changes to your spending habits) if you don’t know where your money goes. I tried for years to turn things around, but was unsuccessful until I started tracking every penny I spent. […]

Medical Supplies You Can Still Score With Flex Spending

After I graduated college in 2003, 12 months passed before I landed a full-time job. During that time, one of my wisdom teeth decided to rear its ugly head — abscess and all. After a regimen of penicillin reduced the swelling, I had to have the tooth removed, which was a problem. […]

How to Throw a Fabulously Frugal Bachelorette Party

Although parties honoring brides-to-be have been around for hundreds of years, bachelorette parties as they’re known today are relatively new concepts. Nowadays, girls’ trips to Vegas and elaborate fêtes are common ways to celebrate upcoming nuptials. Although they’re loads of fun, bachelorette parties can also end up costing you loads of cash. […]

Quicken Mac (or PC) Alternatives

So you’re a Quicken addict (like me), you use a Mac, and now you’re worried about how to keep that addiction rolling when Mac OS X Lion kills Quicken 2007. What to do? […]

Best Money Tips: Cheap Date Ideas

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on cheap date ideas, garage sale tips, and how to handle surprise cash. Top 5 Articles 10 Cheap Date Ideas She'll Actually Love -- Take your date wine tasting. It's a fun date that won't break the bank! […]

Help a Reader: Data on Millionaires

This isn't a traditional Help a Reader post in that it really isn't a financial situation where someone is seeking input to apply to their life. However, it is an interesting question, so I asked the reader who emailed this to me if it was ok to share it with the group. […]

Defeat the ever-bolder marketers that captured your coupons

Actually, this isn’t a recent capture:  Coupons have always been doing the bidding of the marketing department.  Companies don’t distribute coupons because they’re nice.  They want more of your money, and coupons are a way to get you to spend more. There are three basic mechanisms for companies to get more revenue:  (a) increase the number of paying customers, (b) increase how much those customers […]

A Guide to Selling Unwanted Items

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. […]

Box of Books #14

The box of books giveaways through my giveaway newsletter have been very popular, so below I'm detailing another set of them that will be up for grabs this month (if you want a chance to win, be sure to sign up for my newsletter here.) For now, here are the books I've received from publishers and a bit about them (from Amazon): The Frugal Millionaires - 70 millionaires anonymously share the […]

Frugal Summer Fun Ideas

I do not know how it is where you live right now, but it is really hot here in Houston, TX. […]

Discover Open Road Card – $150 Promotion

When it comes to credit card new account promotions, Discover has never been one to open up the wallet and shower new customers with buckets of money. […]